Jukasa News Update – Tuesday, November 23, 2021
A total of 21 people have been arrested and charged with 118 drug trafficking offences in London, Ont. after 16-month-long investigation.
Three of the accused were held in custody, while the remaining 18 were released and are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in London on various dates in this month and in December.
Police say the investigation started in June of last year when they found out about a large-scale distribution of illegal cannabis, cannabis derivatives and cocaine in the London area.
They identified an organization that was allegedly running an illegal cannabis website with delivery service in London, Kitchener, Hamilton and Toronto.
Investigators also allege the group distributed illegal cannabis and cannabis derivatives to several locations across Canada and worldwide, including places in Europe and South America.
Earlier this month, police executed 15 search warrants at locations in London, Hamilton, Toronto, St. Thomas, Middlesex County and Norfolk County, seizing large amounts of illegal drugs, firearms, and cash.
A Brantford Police Officer has been cleared of any wrongdoing connected to the arrest of a 31 year old man in the city who had removed an ankle bracelet monitor and fled police.
In July, the officer and suspect became involved in a struggle during which the officers knee struck the suspect in his right side, breaking his ribs. A canine unit was brought in to assist in the case and the police dog bit the mans lower right leg before he was handcuffed.
After the incident, the suspect was taken to hospital for an assessment and released to police custody.
The provinces Special Investigations Unit found that the officer believed the suspect had a gun at the time of the arrest and said the officer used lawful force in apprehending the man. The SIU says there were no reasonable grounds to believe the officer committed an offence during the arrest.
Indigenous leaders say the British Columbia government didn’t warn residents in flood-prone areas about the potential devastation of torrential rain that left hundreds of motorists stranded on severed highways hit by mudslides and caused at least four deaths.
Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said the province is working with First Nations to involve reserve communities and meet their needs.
Environment Canada has issued another special weather statement for B.C.’s north coast. Rain was expected to move south Monday after a so-called atmospheric river dumped unprecedented amounts of rain in southwestern B.C last week.
Armel Castellan, a meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada, said 40 to 70 millimetres of rain could fall in the Fraser Valley. Upwards of 100 millimetres could potentially fall in the North Shore mountains around Howe Sound.
Another atmospheric river is expected Saturday, he said.
Several First Nations communities have already been cut off by flooded roads and they’re waiting for resources to be helicoptered to them, possibly before winter storms affect their power supply.
Parents are learning how soon their children can get an appointment for a COVID-19 shot as shipments of the pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine make their way across the country.
Ontario parents can start making appointments for eligible kids ages five to 11 starting Tuesday. Doses are expected to be administered as early as Thursday, the province said.
“Offering the protection of the vaccine to children aged five to 11 is a significant milestone in Ontario’s fight against COVID-19 in advance of the holiday season,” Health Minister Christine Elliott said Monday.
The province said about one million children will be eligible.
It expects to get 1,076,000 doses from the federal government. Just over 400,000 were to arrive Monday.
One-third of new COVID-19 cases in Ontario are in school-aged children.
The Public Health Agency of Canada said earlier this month that children under 12 account for the highest rate of new COVID-19 infections.
Also Monday, Manitoba parents were able to start booking doses for their children as early as this week. There are about 125,000 children who are eligible.
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